\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a special chair of one in eminence also : the status represented by it
b : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on
c : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting the seat of a chair trouser seat
d : buttocks
2a : a seating accommodation a seat for the game a 200-seat restaurant
b : a right of sitting lost his seat in Congress
c : membership on an exchange
3a : a place where something specified is prevalent : center a seat of learning
b : a place from which authority is exercised the county seat
c : a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered the brain as the seat of the mind
4 : posture in or way of sitting on horseback
5a : a part at or forming the base of something
b : a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests
by the seat of one's pants
: using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory


seated; seating; seats

Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to install in a seat of dignity or office
b(1) : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat
(2) : to provide seats for a theater seating 1000 persons
c : to put in a sitting position
2 : to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for
3 : to fit to or with a seat seat a valve

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to take one's seat or place
2 : to fit correctly on a seat

Synonyms for seat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of seat in a Sentence

Noun There were seats for six people at the table. a car with leather seats He used the box as a seat. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome. The stool's seat is broken. The chairs have woven seats. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election. She won a Senate seat. Verb I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the trial last week, Mr. Jones’s seat at the defense table often remained empty. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, 31 July 2022 Their 43-year-old rear-seat passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Buyers choose from three seat sizes and three backrest angles, and Ferrari bolts the nonadjustable seats right to the tub. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 31 July 2022 This year’s twin bucket-seat racers were made with trade-in bikes donated by Fall Line Sports in Silverton. oregonlive, 30 July 2022 Jeff Wood holds the board's Zone 9 seat that will be open for election in November. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 The chief justice’s seat, and two others held by Republicans, are in front of voters this year. Deanna Paul, WSJ, 30 July 2022 The seat base has straps for extra support, and the high-back seat cushion and armrests are included. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2022 Supplying the sly back-seat commentary are, naturally, the kids (Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron). Duane Bygre, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As The New York Times noted, the Seoul Olympic Stadium can seat about 70,000 people, but attendance was limited to just 15,000. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2022 But the Bears were forced to find a new home after the American Football League merged with the National Football League and required stadiums to seat at least 50,000 fans. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 1 Oct. 2021 Perhaps most importantly, the Wild Horse Pass location is fitted to seat 3,800 extra fans. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 The latter could apparently seat 25,000 people, with Saint Paul believed to have preached there. Joe Minihane, CNN, 13 July 2022 The largest picks can comfortably seat 10 people around them without crowding, while the smallest can accommodate only two or three. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2022 There are also gold appliqués to be found throughout the interior, on the instrument panel and seat X-brace, among other places. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 9 Apr. 2022 About 150 prospective jurors were expected Monday at the courthouse, where Judge Bruce Schroeder intends to seat 12 jurors and eight alternates to hear the self-defense case. Stacy St. Clair,, 1 Nov. 2021 The court plans to screen 400 people to seat six jurors plus alternates. Terry Spencer, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seat


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seat


Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

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\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Kids Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a chair) used to sit in or on
2 : the part of something on which a person sits a chair seat There's a tear on the seat of my pants.
3 : the place on or at which a person sits Take your seat.
4 : a place that serves as a capital or center a seat of government

Other Words from seat

seated \ ˈsēt-​əd \ adjective


seated; seating

Kids Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place in or on a seat Ushers seated the guests.
2 : to have enough places to sit for The hall seats 500 people.


\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Medical Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests — see rest seat


transitive verb

Medical Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or position on a dental seat

intransitive verb

: to fit correctly on a dental seat

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